Erol Alkan’s latest signing to his Phantasy record label is Nadia Ksaiba – an ascendant DJ and radio presenter who’s debut single Virtual Lover delivers a nifty slice of clubbed out eighties pop. The track, which emerged following a series of studio sessions with Matt Waites, fizzes with enthusiasm, carrying traces of DFA’s trademark rhythmic efficiency with the tropical funk of Tom Tom Club. The pair has previously worked together as G&S, but this is Nadia’s first outing as a singer and songwriter.
This weekend, Liverpool will become a mecca for fans of the weird and warped, as The International Festival of Psychedelia brings a smorgasbord of experimental psych, electronic and drone acts to various venues around the city. To celebrate we’ve dedicated our weekly playlist to some of the weekend’s most exciting acts. Tune in now for a mind-melting selection of tracks by Spectrum, Mugstar, Moon Duo, The Oscillation and Mo Kolours, plus some unexpected remixes and more.
We've put together a showreel of some of our favourite sessions and interviews we've done over the past few months, including PINS, John Bramwell (I Am Kloot), Tropics, Nadine Shah, Fuse ODG and Coves.
Anna Meredith // Lowdown on apps // Writing for film // BBC Introducing // Leee John // James Holden // Alpines // Marc Almond // Joseph Marinetti // Dutch Uncles // Brolin // Sync Review // The Big Numbers // Just Joined // Picture This
Elusive trio London Grammar are ahead of the pack when it comes to delivering credible pop tunes with that serious playback factor. Akin to 2013’s breakthrough acts AlunaGeorge, John Newman and Disclosure, their music feels authentic, individual and very now. Hitting the sweet spot between The xx, Florence Welch and Jessie Ware, they caught the charts off-guard earlier this month with their debut album If You Wait. It became the week’s second highest new entry, going in at number two and further raising the band’s stock.
Craig Bratley is a producer and DJ whose beats are made for the more discerning dancefloor. The man and his electronic music have come to the fore over the last 12 months in part due to his blinding sets at Andrew Weatherall’s A Love From Outer Space club night and the Electric Elephant Festival in Croatia. Weatherall rates him so much, he’s taken to releasing Craig’s music on his Bird Scarer label. Recommendations don’t come any higher than this…